Scoring Methodology of Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance, also known as pure life insurance, guarantees a lump sum death benefit payable to the beneficiary if the insured passes away within the term. At the end of the term, if the insured is still alive, the policy may be renewed or terminated. Term life insurance mainly provides protection against the loss of financial support from the insured due to death. 10Life scores the term life products based on the coverage value, including the price and the terms.
The premium rate per sum assured may be dependent on factors including:
- Issue Age
- Smoking status
- Renewal period
- Underwriting segment
- Size of sum assured
To compare the products with the same standard, 10Life applies the following assumption groupings in the comparisons:
- Male or Female
- Issue Age of 25, 35 or 45
- Yearly, 5-year or 10-year renewable
- Standard underwriting or online underwriting
- 10-year protection term with HK$1,000,000 sum assured
Death Benefit Score
As term life insurance is a pure protection product, death benefit is the key component. The Death Benefit Score is based on the 10-year benefit multiplier.
- Sum assured is the guaranteed death benefit payable in the event of death during the coverage term.
- Assuming payment frequency is annual, and the policy is renewed at current premium rates. If annual payment is not available, monthly premium multiplied by 12 is used instead.
In each gender and age group, the product with the highest multiplier is given a score of 10. The scores of the other products are benchmarked against the highest multiplier.
The Terms Score is calculated based on the exclusions on specific causes of deaths, where points are deducted for the following unfavourable exclusions relative to the market:
- HIV and AIDS
- Illegal activities
- Drug or alcohol overdose or influence
- Armed forces participation
- Nuclear, biological and chemical activities
- War and terrorism
- Suicide (after 2 years of policy effective date)
- Suicide (after 1 year of policy effective date)
The Overall Score is weighted between the Death Benefit Score and the Terms Score as follows:
|Death Benefit Score||80%|
|Overall Death Benefit Score||100%|
10Life scores are for reference only, and do not constitute any insurance purchase advice. You should seek independent advice before purchasing any insurance products. If you have any questions or suggestions about 10Life's scoring methodology, please email us at enquiries@10Life.com
Updated on December 16, 2020